While some of us thought it might never happen, summer is finally here and with the warm weather comes airport construction. Before the snow melted I asked Kyle Wanner, airport planner for the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission, for an update on airport construction that was planned for around the state. Below is the list of projects he provided. This list is dependent on funding of course, but the main point is that there is a lot of airport construction planned around North Dakota this summer. So make sure to check NOTAMs before every flight!
2013 Major Upcoming Projects
Bowman Airport – the new airport will complete the Grading of the Runway, Taxiway, Apron and Access Road over the spring of 2013 and it is planned that before the Fall of 2013’s end that the new airport will also be paved, but this is pending FAA funds. Plan is still for a Summer/Fall 2014 grand opening.
Crosby – New Lights/PAPI’s for the airport and a rehabilitation project for a portion of the apron.
Langdon/Rugby – Apron Rehabilitation
Devils Lake – Extend Runway 13/31 to 6500 feet and Relocate NAVAIDS and Road to facilitate the extension.
Gwinner – Reconstruct Runway 16/34, widen runway and shift for FAA standards.
Kenmare, Oaks, Ellendale – Runway Rehabilitation is planned pending FAA funds
Mandan – Runway Reconstruction/ new lighting system/ re-alignment of taxiways
Minot – Reconstruct Taxiway C Phase 2, Construct Taxiway D
Stanley – Rehabilitate Runway 9/27